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The Jackal's Share (2013)

by Christopher Morgan Jones(Favorite Author)
3.35 of 5 Votes: 2
1594205353 (ISBN13: 9781594205354)
Penguin Press HC, The
Ben Webster
review 1: Meh. The Iranian trappings of this thriller initially intrigued me, but there was such a sameness and lack of sparkle to so many of the incidents that the overall dramatic arc was less than thrilling, feeling more like a theme and variations spun out to fill space than inevitable escalations to a climax. Also, I'm not convinced that trying to humanize the protagonists of spy thrillers by portraying them as torn between work and family is a sound strategy; their agonizing over the "personal dilemma" (aka, no-brainer) that their families get fed up with them for endangering said families by taking on dangerous jobs for less-than-compelling reasons often has the effect of making them seem as thick as they are selfish.
review 2: This is the second novel featuring
... more Ben Webster, corporate spy extraordinaire. If you haven't read the first book - The Silent Oligarch, I think it's called here in the States - be sure to read it before this one. CMJ is one hell of a writer and knows how to pace a good cerebral mystery/thriller. This time his protagonist (Webster who is recovering from the events of the first book in the series) is looking into a wealthy Anglo-Iranian financier whose family fled after the Shah fell. Webster is like Cassandra - he is the only one who believes the financier is a fraud. He just doesn't have the proof yet. Too bad the financier and his client are one in the same. There is a point where I am not sure why Webster would put everything he holds dear at risk to prove himself right (other than to drive the plot) but that was a momentary huh? moment for me amid many, many pages of pleasurable and sometimes nailbiting reading. less
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I won this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Hope to read it soon. Thanks.
Won as part of the Goodreads first reads program. Can't wait to read it!
Terrific thriller. Loved every page and turned them quickly.
Sit on the edge of your seat and love the read!!!
Was good once I got into it. Slow dialog.
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